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VOL. 24.
NO. 8.
Kill**«l in Self Defme-Klo Wh« Sentenced
to lO V«•;*»• h in the IVn, :titd Now it is
Found That He Committed No Crime
at All.
After B)*Midii)g more than four years
in tlie Deer Lodge penitentiary for a
crime which five judges and the prose
cuting attorney before whom he was
tried now virtually say was no crime at
all, William Knox will regain his lib
erty. He was sent up in September,
1892, from Missoula county for killing
George VV. Searles. Gov. Uickards
pardoned him Nov.» fi, and Monday
the board of pardons unanimously con
firmed the act of executive clemency.
According to the petition that was
signed by Judge Marshall, and all the
jurors now living or in the county,
Knox shot and killed Searles while act
ing in self defense. Searles was cut
ting wood on land belonging to Knox
and a dispute arose. Searles assaulted
Knox with an axe and the latter who
had fallen to the ground after turning
to ran away, shot and almost instantly
killed him. The governor, in his let
ter to the hoard of pardons, explains
Iiis reasons for granting clemency. The
letter is:
"Gentlemen, I herewith grant a free
and unconditional pardon to William
Knox subject to your approval. This
man was convicted in the Fourth ju
dicial district on Sept. (i, 1892, for kil
ling one George W. Searles, and was
sentenced to a term of 10 years in the
penitentiary, nearly half of which sen
tence he has already served.
'•It, is seldom that the merits of a
ease appeal so strongly for executive
interference, yet I am fully convinced,
after a painstaking investigation, that
Knox acted in self defense when he
killed Searles, and that the latter was
the aggressor from every point of view.
It is in evidence that Searles was try
ing to rob Knox out of the land which
had been selected by the latter for
homestead entry, and that a violent
dispute arose over an act of trespass by
the former. During t.ie quarrel Searl
es assaulted lvnox with an axe. and the
latter, in self defense, shot the former
causing his death. The papers in the
case fully justify the conclusion that
Knox, knowing his man to be of violent
temper with a vicious purpose in view,
had every reason to believe that his
own life was in danger. The man who
attempts to deprive another of his
home, which is being legally acquired
by peaceful means, is as guilty as he,
who by force, seeks to posess his purse,
ft is a matter of extreme doubt, from
both a moral and legal standpoint,
whether Knox should have been in
carcerated for the murder of Searles.
As it is, he has not only served a large
portion of his sentence, but has lost his
property by reason of his incarceration
and his family has been broken up.
Under the circumstances, I feel that
the appeals for clemency in behalf of
this man should be respected, coming
as they do from those best acquainted
with the facts.. Your attention is call
ed to the statement herewith append
ed, signed by the officers of the court
in which Knox was tried and convicted.
The names of the judge, prosecuting
attorney, clerk of the coarts, and all
the jurors now living and in the coun
try are affixed to this document, to
gether with 24 other citizens, familiar
with all the facts brought out in the
trial of the case. A petition from
("ache county, Utah, signed by a hund
red persons recites that Knox was for
20 years a resident of that territory:
that he was a peaceable, quiet well be
haved citizen, a faithful, industrious
and hard working man who was never
arrested or accused of any crime or
misdemeanor. This petition prays for
clemency for Knox in lxihalf of his
wife and little children. Letters bear
ing on this same case are also handed
you. Believing this tobe a case meri
torious in all respects, my action is re
spectfully submitted to vour approv
At and during the regular session of
the board of commissioners of this
county, held on the l.'lth day of Decem
ber, 1894, the following order was made
and entered, viz:
"The business of the board having
been heretofore hindered and delayed
by the presentation of bills and claims
.against the county, during the session
af the board: It is therefore ordered,
that at future sessions of the hoard, no
billü or accounts will be examined or
passed upon, unless the same shall
have been presented and filed on or be
fore the first day of the session of the
board, and ihe cleric is authorized to
make due publication of this order."
County clerk and recorder, Madison
County, Montana.
Tlie Virginia City Water Company Suffer
From the Storni King.
During the recent cold snap the
Virginia City Water Company suffered
no little inconvenience, l'ipes frozo up
all over town during two or three of
the coldest davs, and on one occasion
the president of the company, Dick
Bickford, was forced to summon to his
aid in alleviating the distress, all the
stockholders of the company. It came
pretty near driving many of the F. F.
Vs. to strong drink and might
be characterized as a game of
" freeze-out " for the drinks.
Wednesday's chinook came to
the aid of the water company however,
and when this was written the water
was coursing along the pipes in the even
tenor of its way. While we were in
dulging ourselves in these pen pleas
antries. we nearly forgot to say that
these are days when hick Bickford and
hilly Stevenson cut all kinds of ice.
It Will Meet Next Wednesday—Tlie Pro
The literary society, which furnished
so many pleasant evenings' entertain
ment last winter, will open this seas
on's work at the M. E. church next
Wednesday evening.
There will be the usual song by the
choir, after which President Mount joy
will deliver his annual address; Miss
Hannah McGovcrn will deliver a se
lect reading: Prof. Little will recite;
then will follow another song by the
choir, after which the "Gossip" will
be read liy II. A. Vickers, editor. The
president will then deliver a lecture,
and a song will conclude the exercises
of the evening.
I riciiils Will Erwl a Monument Over
Tlielr «I raven.
A monument is to be placed over the
graves of Jack McGuire and William
Lofholm, who were killed several
months ago by a fall of earth in the
tunnel of the Summit Placer Mining
Company. It will bo placed there by
their friends of whom there are many
in this section. Jack Wessley and oth
ers have interested themselves in this
matter, and experienced no difficulty
in raising the necessary amount. Fol
lowing is a list of those who contrib
uted to the monument fund:
('.f Wesley $ 1 <10 Kreil Kraemer.. .§ 1 Oil
W A HtClaire— 1 (Ml Henrv Miller I <10
Musser.t Koyerd 1 00 .1 M Knight 1 Ml
J A Uorun I 00 Henry Kiting. ... I 00
Thus McColgan.. I (HI T K I'ollur.l... . 1 00
W WOheely.... 1 oil A .1 is .unelt I (Hi
I II Kreuch 1 oo .1 M lli'i'inlon 1 oo
J Allil'ight .... 1 00 C W Meail 1 0.1
It Vinkers & Co. 1 oo (» I) Kreuch A Co 1 oo
II 15 Green 'J oo HSUilliert 1 oo
•loi ömitli I oo A I. Itoiney 1 00
S H Ruforil I oil Frank Kinsellu.. I 00
.1 II l'nwell 50 A \ Kellogg I 00
(1 Moiitz r >0 K I'lninli •> 00
.1 1 Haines 1 (Ml A M.'.li.iwn -J 00
l)r Hagau loo Alex Gray 2 00
(ieo \V Keil I (Hi Henrv May : Hi
l'nill|) Hotlman.. Mio ,I.U .lohusou r>o
VV II Tllomaa — I (III Antone (»dar 1 00
.lohn I.»veil i nil .luineri llui ley... 1 00
Pi It* Walker ... I (in .Inlm Kot .lilua.. . 1 Oil
■laa H Brown— Ion W Hatten anil bra loo
Con IhiBKerty— 1 no N V Johnson 2 00
J P O'Sullivan.. I oo llan Melîeeigliau I 00
.lohn Keinphlev. 1 00 1* Il Colin 1 00
.lau Harrington., loo c W Rank & Co.. 100
K KitzPatrick ... 100 M Mailand 100
Uitli McDonald., 1 nil Kotik & Co 2 00
Antone Hisjah... 1 oo C K Sauerbier ..! 1 00
Ole (Jiiiemuseii.. loo SI Wila» l no
.lohn Howe Hon Krank Knots..... 100
.1 H Hank 1 00 M H McLean 1 (Ml
Hugh O'Dounell I oo hum's I. Hinney... l no
Martin Mountz . 1 no .1 ilm Itanler 2 oo
K /V Vickerd 1 0.) John Troy | on
C II liiitoi'd 1 00 KJ Kinera.iii ... I oo
J M Seigireid— loo .1 H Carriilliera... loo
Chan Gray I On W II Gilbe. I Ion
John llyan l on A W Caonlay... I oo
KU BurUeit I oo lie I'iomey .... l no
Jas II How 1 no G Mass in «ni I.... 1 INI
Cli it^McDoutral.. 2 fiO (ieo lie uleraon.. 1 00
•los Trot er f) 11 China Joe | no
Ben llonler 1 00 Geo Hogers 1 (Kl
Uagao and I* McGovcrn .... l oil
Southinayd.. 100 Krank M;Keeii.. 2 00
Rd Golm I 00 I" I, Ward I 00
Jas Mitchell loo Kr:k Mattsou ... 100
Tlie Indebtedness ol' the Various Counties
in Montana in IKtliï.
Beaverhead. .
Custer , ...
Daw eon
I Jeer Lodge...
Lewis and —
Clarke 181,win
Madison 77.0.Vi
Meagher 177 .'Ml
Silver Bow
S M.sc.a.
(»4 ,750
151, .'W!
Increase. Decrease.
(111 $10, I.Yt.iW
,7S 11,702 27
.27 2.777 74
J5 55,515 13
til 2.070.7M
.51 30,25}.52
50 10,731.52
r> it;,!ioo.r>4
.21 05,478*20
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.«•0 is .7
. o27,4."i
. 19«,804.
. 89,9K* 0-2 1IJ.W 28
. 102.2tir >.^a
. Mi,lift 07 20,327,.' VU
. 78 011.
..V.» 13,000.24
178,012. Ill
22, t CT». 40
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The Grand Republic
the post office.
*nt cigar at
For the news of Madison county take
this paper.
Notice to Creditors.
■ jiSTATE of Barclay Jones, deceased. Notice
Xjj is hereby given by the iinders'sned admin*
Isirator of the estate of Barclay Jones,deceased,
to tlie cic litors of and all persons having claims
against the aaid deceased, to exhibit tliein,
with the necessary vouchers, within tea months
alter the llrst publication 01 this nolle« to the
aaiil administrator at the law oilice ol Lew. L.
('atlaway, in Virginia Cily, Madison county,
Molilalia, the aaui^ being tlie place lor the
transaction of the business of the said estate in
tile county 01 Madison.
Dated at Virginia City, Montana, this twenty»
fifth day of November, ls90.
Administrator of the estate of Barclay Jones,
First publication November 28, liu<j. 7.4
.> ! m
? willy; III.—
c pere, they've net a
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<* U tiik
... C. W. Rank & Go's >
Monday, December 7« '
"We Invite You
to Come
<* j
EVERAL thousand dollars are due tin» Madisonian from ddin. ju-'nl .- u I » - g
scribers, in amounts varying from up. The sum in tlie ;i.u^ renale is
a handsome oui- and we would like to seu :i reasonable j>ro|x>rt ion ol' it *
j)aid by the first of the year. During tlie past two years w • hav<» end. m voro,<I to «
give our readers tlieir money's worth. We have said verv little :• i.ut p.-.v. li 4
takes money to run a newspaper just as it does any other business. Printer.- -ehioin i
wax fat on air and mountain scenery, and strange to relate the m.-ui fr<>;n wie
buy the paper on which this is printed insists on receiving his hi.mcv
alarming and unceasing regularity. Now we are going to ask all wie» .uv in';
to the Madisonian to pay up. If you owe $1<> and you feel that v<»u eannol
to pay all, a remittance of $0 on your account will he evidence to us llrtl vmii
is in the right place. Money is the motive power of a paper and the -,v.it hi m il v
newspaper of Madison county is in need of motive power.
1)11 we
w i 1 h
' heart
About One 3Iile Soutli-esiKt of t he <«siy
lorri Smelter Site—A 4 «oltl Vein Five
Feet Wide Wliieh Assays $1."» to th<?
The MADISONIAN has private ad
vices from Gaylord to the effect that a
wonderful strike has been made in the
northern end of the county, about a
mile south-east of the Gaylord smelter
site. W. S. Clark and A. V. Davis
are the fortunate owners of the prop
erty in which the strike was made, and
if all reports aae true it is another
Mayflower. The vein is live feet wide,
and it assays $ 150 to the ton in ^old.
Our correspondent is one of the most,
reliable men in the county, and one in
whom the people have contidence. His
name is withheld for the reason that
we are not authorized to print it.
A traveling man, who arrived from
Whitehpll Wednesday evening', cor
roborates the statement made by the
M adisonian's correspondent.
Frank Parmeter'H Keturii—Talking I-:!«-«-.
Irtr Light«— .1 «-IT ï'ollttt I iiih it I '.ruki-n leg
O. P. Parmeter, who has been iuves
tigatinsr the merits of the mineral re
sources of Rossland, lï. C., during the
past two months has returned, lie says
Rossland is a lively camp, and there
are good opportunities in that section
both for njining and commercial in
vestment. He predicts a great boom
for that country during the next year
or two.
Pete Clifford announces that if he
can get a modest guarantee from the
corporation and the people of Sheridan
he will put in an electric light system.
Now here is the opportunity. If you
people who have been talking electric
light will get a sufficient stir on your
selves to indicate that you really mean
what you say, Mr. Clifford will do Un
rest. He means business.
Jeff Kouts, well known to many resi
dents of Madison county, sustained an
accident recently that will probably
lay him up for sometime. While over
at Hyndman's mill the other (lay, the
rope attached to thu dinner bell be
came tangled and unworkable. Jeff
volunteered to àssend the pole and fix
it. All went well until the top was
reached when the pole broke off close
to the ground and down came Joff, bdl
poh and all, Jeff at the bottom of the
h ap. Examination proved that one of
his legs was broken. Surgical aid was
summoned and he was made as com
fortable as possible, but it will be some
weeks before ho will bo able tu b
about.—Sheridan" Paper.
Yearling steers and weanling calves.
1-tf S. R. BUFORL) & (JO.
Hutte has 4,000 school children.
The report of a reduction of wages
by the Anaconda Company, sent out
from Denver, isdenied by the lîutte of
ficials of the company.
A convention was held at forsythe.
Saturday, to nominate olllcers for' the
proposed county of Rose Hud, IS dele
I gates intending. The following were
,selîeted: Huntington, Isaac and Ter
rctt for commissioners: (leorge Meit
i! treasurer; P. \V. Kincli. clerk
j and recorder: ( ). S. Hon, sheriff: (i.
151dring, clerk of the court: II. I!. Dur
! nell, superintendent of schools; K. < .
Philbrick, surveyor: and William
Chi lisser, assessor.
1 A Hutte dispatch to the Helena In
dependent says, .lames Kelly, a broth
j er of the lato J. K Knlly, and of I'Yed
Kelly of this city, committed suicide.
, to-day l»y taking a big dose of morphine
and laudanum. Kelly hud been drink
ting heavily for two weeks. lie n t
j last nigl.t at the Casino, carouslic/.
I At about live o clock this morning his
companions noticed Iiis heavy breath
; illg as he sat by the . love. ||e admit
ted that he had taken poison, lie was
1 rolled over on his back uii.l slapped on
■the body until the physician arrived
I with a stomach pump. Kelly had
j swallowed about (it) grains'- of morphine
- and part of a bottle of laudanum which
he had in his pocket. Tlie physician
and others worked over him lor several
hours. He partially recovered once
I and inquired, "Am I Mill on earth?"
He died at one o'clock this afternoon.
Kelly was .'10 years of age and came t >
liuttu from Canada about four years
ago. After the suicide of his brother.
■ I. l'\ Kelly, a well known Hutte bn-i
: nos.» man, six months ago. he went to
the coast, and returned here ;i few
weeks ago. On his return here. I-Veil
Celly. another brother, gave him a
! suit of clothes, ii gold watch and . iin
money. The money lasted one il.iy.
I and he pawned Iiis watch and most of
I his clothes.
; J. A. McDonald, a young :ai. ud
I man on tlie Creat. Northern, wa» In
stantly killed near Meadervi î !i- a: -I
I o'clock Sunday mornitijj. McDonald
was a brakesman on the freight which
I left Clancy last evening with I ;i ear .
I drawn by engine Iu7. In pacing the
, Pennsylvania switch. near.Meaderville.
McDonald was keeping a lookout Irom
the top of one of the rear cars, .lu-:
after passing the switch the forward
wheel of one of the cars broke, proba
bly owing to till frost. Seven ear- wa
ditehod including the one Mel) maid
was on. The ear fell on him and killed
him instantly. The car» were badly
smashed, but a wrecking cl ew had the
track cleared by noon to-day. McDon
ald was 2t! years oi l and leaves a wife
and baby at Clancy, lie has been with
the Creat Xorthern alio.it a year, and
on the Helena-Hutte division about
three months.
William Day. who was convicted last,
week of murder in the second degree in
striking Thomas Lee on the head with
a hatchet., and causing death, was >cn
t.enced totio years' imprisonment.. The
jury had requested of the court a se
vere »entence. A life sentence would
have been given Day but for code com
A young fellow named Manning, who
passed three forged check-, in |; u t.t<;
two week» ago. was arrested on Tu —
day in Helena for p;ts»irig worthless
checks, which are believed to have
been drawn by himself. One of the
checks which lie pa.»»ed in H'Jtte was
I sent to Helena in order that, tin; hand
iting. might be compared. Chief
! Mc< aim, of Ilelena, tel
1 Teljo that he had a »un
j Manning, and after his
;rap.'e:ll ( 'ilief !
i»e agaii.»t
« ...o »entence ex
pires there he will be bro ight to Hutte
to answer for his olïonse^.
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j\.\ ij.\i rjiiiJiij
The St. I. nuis siockîi oliler-i llioucrht a
ISriek (iitsiiini; .Wiulihu' Outfit to
('rush Ore Stamps Will lin Put lo
] W hen the ( iarnet Mining Company
lof I 'on y ad. is a st am p m i 11 . • > tit ci r ne w
1 concentrating plant, which the inan
j ager, Mr. Woods, proposed t > .lo with
the early spring, it will be ready lo do
, a laud olli.- • busine-i ; in t he matt-M- of
colic 'tit r;i I i ! i 'j .. i ! If - iti!o nail eoni
i pass and will employ quit • a force ol
: men.
Connected with the I > u i 111 i n g of thi
! new plant i.- a story of the kind that make
i the corners of iti'iiiuc men'- mouth
; 1 witch up war I. Tie- -to !. > I < 1 ■ - r of
t his company are i. ill; a! : i --id ents
; ol .St. Louis ni'i.-t of wh-»m I i\ • 1 1. >: had
a great deal of i xperiene-- in mining
[matters. They conceived tlie idea that
j a brick c i u - !, i n 111 a - 11 i n ' - . working ou
t ho jii'i n.-iple ol il.- .- linder of a
threshing machine, .■ : h ■ in crash ore
! sat is fact ( >!*i 1 y . an.l a ! 1 tie- p;- »! e-*a ! io ns
of Mr. Wo id. . ' h .- iiianager. win is a
practical miui.i ■ nun. were n, no avail
;—the threshing machine prop-osition
I had to go. Mr. Wood-fin ill\ induce !
his company to have the mill built so
J that the cylinder .•rusher cou d lie re
! placcd with stamp- if ni ei n'v. A
I few hours' run demonstrated the fact
that an excellent I u* i > ■ c - i • u s h i 11 _■
I chine is out .-ja-ed win u p i ! t 1 a gain -t
I quart/.. So ended the St. Louisqxpori
■ ment, and now .-tamps will be in
i which wilt make the j.!a.ni c im;i l ' , ie,
J I he mill ha» si ; corru "atei| va.utt. r .
four six feet in h ngt.li and 1 V. o fo-.ij- feet
' long, and all t he appointment.. (j (>1
ca -s. With the ao.;l i t.i(;u of .-tamps tiie
mill will have a can te. 1 , ,, iluton- per
! day. A tramway. (IT-. 1 -• ia h-ngth.
conveys the or ■ ; roui 1 1 1 m . i' 11 .. the
tunnel to the m .... a : i o i li,. • m -n a re
required to run th - mii. t . i liifi- J)
J hours.
!•', very bod v m •> ' ) ir l-'o i; ,i ;
i gars.
Highest Honors—World's Fr.ir,
j MOST perfect MAUH.
I A rurc (.rape Cream of Tartar Powder. Free
; frü,il Aminunia, Alum oi ..nv other adulteunt
I Hisrht
* • W • •
.. ( )rnamented with
Sterling Silver.
\ inagrettes, Liquor
Masks, perfume bot
tle-;, ink stands, lav
ender salts bottles.
1 »o\es.
for inside
for $1.
prices on
I. ott I
jars, |
proper size
of a glove
Very low
all these
.. & ..
'>1 this County?
the otlier <ia\
h;i\o doubled
Vitluo of my Cîlotl
iuo' money since
lieuan huvinir
— I
Hammer's Clothing ^
They cost
than others,
wear longer, jit
t<T and hold
no more
-'liajMi until worn out
i ne liest can
found here, and
matter ii' you
slim or stout,
can he fitted
from ;t most
sive stock,
should see hi?
I x>
ol Shirts and Under
w«*ar, Hats and
< dps. ( 'al I on
N. E. Hammer,
Dillon, Mont.

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